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Our 2018 Season

Concerts are on Mondays at 12:15 pm at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto, right beside the Eaton Centre

Phone: 416-598-4521 Ext. 223

Admission: Pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $5 to $10. Donations of $30 or more will receive an Income Tax receipt.

May 7

Payadora Tango Ensemble

Payadora Tango Ensemble

Tango: classical artistry and ensemble paired with the rhythmic fire and wild abandon of the Latin spirit. Hot on the heels of their recent CD launch, these brilliantly accomplished performers draw from their eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation to exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality. They explore the richness of Argentinean music, beyond tango into folk music forms such as the Chacarera and Zamba, as well as tango compositions bv Canadian composers Drew Jurecka and Robert Horvath.

May 14


Andrea Gerhardt and Michael Franklin

A Medieval Spring

The renewal of life in the spring, with blooming flowers, the singing of birds, has inspred musician and poets for millennia. Andrea Gerhardt and Michael Franklin offer a diverse sampling of music from medieval Europe inspired by the coming of spring. Troubadour and Minnesänger songs, celebratory chants by Hildegard of Bingen, lively dances, sung and played with harp, flute, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, and percussion.
May 21

Warren Nicholson and Mark Whale

Spring Serenade

Award-winning guitarist Warren Nicholson ('Artists International Auditions' in NYC leading to a Carnegie Recital Hall debut) is joined by violinist Mark Whale (Professor of Liberal Studies at Humber College, Toronto and Concertmaster of the Etobicoke Philharmonic) in a serenade to Spring; works by Franz Schubert, Gene Pritsker, Maxime Diego Pujol, Manuel De Falla and Pablo De Sarasate.

May 28
Kornel Wolak and Michael Bridge

Double-Double Duo

Michael Bridge (accordions) and Kornel Wolak (clarinet) present an irresistible cocktail of baroque, classical, and worldly folk music. Having toured together in Ecuador, Poland, France, and across Canada, this dynamic duo is internationally renowned for their warm and engaging stage presence, musical versatility, and blazing virtuosity. Back by popular demand, this special performance will be recorded by CBC radio for national broadcast.

June 4

Serenade Duo

From Barcelona to Brazil

Enjoy an afternoon of contemporary flute and guitar music celebrating Latin heritage, culture, and spirit. Flutist Michelle LaPorte and guitarist Gerry Saulter bring to life music from Brazil, Argentina, and Spain. This program of lyrical melodies and lively rhythms features favorite classics by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Enrique Granados, alongside original arrangements of works by Astor Piazzolla.

June 11
junctQín keyboard collective

Is Three a Crowd?

junctQín keyboard collective presents a unique programme for three pianists at one piano! This recital by pianists Stephanie Chua, Elaine Lau and Joseph Ferretti for six-hands features pieces by an international roster of composers from an arrangement of a Bach chorale to a virtuosic work by Russian composer Alfred Schnittke to a new commission from emerging Toronto composer Stephanie Orlando. Some might ask, “Is it possible for three pianists to play one piano?” and “How would this even sound?” Join us to find out!

June 18
Jesse Dietschi

The Catalyst Ensemble

The seven-member Catalyst Ensemble is a diverse group of boundary-pushing musicians aiming to bring together the worlds of classical and jazz. Created by bassist/composer Jesse Dietschi, the ensemble blends the subtlety and structure of chamber music with the energy and spontaneity of jazz. Featuring musicians who perform with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, and Esprit orchestras alongside renowned jazz performers, the Catalyst Ensemble performs unique compositions as varied as the musicians playing them.

June 25
Matthew Larkin

Matthew Larkin

Recently appointed Organist and Music Director of St. Thomas' Church, Toronto, and long-time Organist and Choir Director of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa, the Ottawa Choral Society, the Larkin Singers as well the newly-formed Caelis Academy Ensemble, Matthew Larkin commutes between Toronto and Ottawa each week for his various musical responsibilities. We are thrilled he found time in his busy schedule to perform on Holy Trinity's superb Casavant Frères Opus 3095, 1970 tracker organ.

July 2

Florian Hoefner

The Florian Hoefner Trio

Florian Hoefner has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews from Downbeat, The New York Times, Jazz Journal and the New York Jazz Record, to name a few. He was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year at the 'East Coast Music Awards 2017.' Now Florian presents his new Canadian trio with Andrew Downing on bass and Nick Fraser on drums. The group will perform a completely new repertoire of his originals and arrangements of folk songs from different parts of the world.

July 9
Tony Yike Yang

Tony Yike Yang

Tony Yike Yang is emerging as one of the foremost pianists of the younger generation. As a frequent prizewinner, Yang's success at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition led him to become the competition's youngest ever laureate, winning the 5th prize at the age of 16. Recently, Yang was also awarded the Jury Discretionary Award at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition where he was the youngest competitor. Yang has won top prizes at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition, the Bosendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Junior Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Young Artists Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition, and the Canadian National Chopin Competition as the competition's youngest ever competitor (Toronto, 2014). We are thrilled to welcome him to Music Mondays in a performance to be recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio 2 In Concert.
July 16

Padideh Ahrarnejad and Ali Massoudi

The Music and Sounds of Persia

Recent immigrants to Canada, Padideh Ahrarnejad & Ali Massoudi have over 25 years of experience as professional musicians and educators in their native Iran. Padideh Ahrarnejad plays and teaches Tar, a plucked-string instrument central to Persian music. She is a graduate of the Tehran Art Music School and the Art University of Tehran, and was a member of the Iran National Music Orchestra and the Radio and Television Orchestra for 10 years. Ali Massoudi performs on a wide variety of percussion instruments. He as performed with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra in addition to numerous performances in Iran, France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Their program of Persian music is based on the traditional Radif. A variety of musical forms will be explored, including Pish Daramad, Reng, Tasnif and Chahar Mezrab.

July 23
Allison Au Quartet

Allison Au Quartet - Contemporary Jazz with a Fresh Twist

Allison Au returns to Music Mondays with her JUNO Award winning Jazz Quartet! The ensemble will perform a programme of fresh originals in the contemporary Jazz genre. Au’s music transports you to a place where instrumentals ring bold and emotions run free. Melodies cascade and collide, highlighting Au’s gift for layering voices and rhythms. Her writing showcases the color and character of each instrument, while providing ample room for her band mates to push her compositions to new heights.

July 30
Azuline Duo

Romanza - Music of Spain and South America

Azuline Duo features award-winning young musicians Sara Traficante (flute) and Emma Rush (guitar). This ensemble pushes the boundaries of their instruments and conventional programming with unusual and rarely heard pieces both historical and contemporary, and a dynamic onstage presence that engages the audience from the first note. Their newest program Romanza - Music of Spain and South America showcases the rich history of the guitar and the brilliant voice of the flute in an exciting chamber music setting.

August 6
Sheng Cai

Eastern European Romantics

Music Mondays is very pleased to welcome back Sheng Cai to perform on our new Steinway. Sheng made his debut with the Toronto Symphony at the age of 15. Since then, he has performed widely as a chamber musician and recitalist and in concerto performances with numerous major orchestras. Many of his performances have been broadcast by the CBC. His program will showcase two of the 20th century's musical wonders, with their unabashed romanticism merging with modernism at the beginning of the 20th century: George Enescu's Sonata No 3 in D Major, and Rachmaninoff's Moments Musicaux Op. 16.

August 13
Danielle Sum and Arthur Tang

Ardan Duo

Percussionist Danielle Sum and pianist Arthur Tang join forces in their first joint concert as the Ardan Duo. Together, they will be performing works by a variety of composers, including Bach, Liszt, and Gerassimez. Please join them for a celebration of music and friendship! You may recognize Danielle - she was Music Mondays' Concert Coordinator last season, and we are thrilled to welcome her back as a performer!

August 20
The Bedford Trio

The Bedford Trio

The Bedford Trio was founded by award winning instrumentalists Alessia Disimino (violin), Andrew Ascenzo (cello), and Jialiang Zhu (piano) and is currently based in Toronto, Canada. All three members are former prize winners of the University of Toronto’s Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award competition, and Jialiang was a semi-finalist at the 2016 E-Gré Contemporary Music Competition in Brandon, Manitoba. Alessia is a recent graduate of the Master of Music in Performance program at the University of Toronto, while Andrew and Jialiang are currently pursuing their Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at U of T. Their program will include Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Henrique Coe's Martyriym (2017) and Astor Piazolla's Four Seasons in Buenos Aires.

August 27

Emily Rho and Britton Riley

Emily Rho and Britton Riley

Emily Rho, the co-artistic director of Toronto's Pocket Concerts and graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Glenn Gould School, and University of Toronto joins forces with cellist Britton Riley, who served as the Assistant Principal of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra before joining the Toronto Symphony in 2015. They will perform solo works by Bach, Webern's Two Pieces for Cello and Piano, Franck's Sonata for Cello and Piano and Alain Payette's Le enigme de ta voix.

September 3
Concordo

Concordo

Come celebrate Labour Day in the Most Serene Republic of Venice: La Serenissima! Concordo, featuring four of Toronto’s well-known early music performers, will weave its way through the musical waterways of 17th-century Venice. The ensemble (Sheila Smyth and Valerie Sylvester, Baroque violins; Ondrej Golias, bassoon/dulcian; and Ron Greidanus, harpsichord), will showcase the rich diversity of Venetian early music with treasures by Albinoni, Rosenmuller, Bertali, and Corelli.